For the last few weeks in P.E. class, first grade students have been learning new dribbling, kicking, and ball control skills throughout our new unit of soccer. Students dash past our "shark goalie" with their balls in the sharks and minnows game, dribble about a small space playing "musical soccer", and navigate through a sea of scooters playing scooter soccer with a giant yoga ball. Getting our students moving and learning new skills in this class is always one of our main goals; something much larger happens, though, throughout each of these lessons together. When doing these activities, the first grade team must rely on and look out for one another to ensure successful and safe playing. They must cooperate with one another to get past a challenge or complete an objective for the lesson. In playing soccer, this unit of P.E. naturally taps into to one of our most important learning objectives for this class throughout its various activities: teamwork and leadership.
As adults, we can reflect on things that we wish we started learning at a younger age in order to be more successful at them in our adult life. As a first grader, learning the importance of being a successful team player or leader of your team is an indispensable life long skill that should be taught as early as possible. Teaching young students the critical elements in teamwork and leadership through fun, active lessons and group sports is an excellent way to ensure strong skills in cooperation and guidance for the future and to help mold individuals who are ready for a myriad of situations that may arise in their life. In having them play group games and cooperative sports as young children, we are helping our students become more successful, prepared team players and leaders for the future.
As our unit progresses, I look forward to seeing the students continue to work together and build their skills as team players. They have already progressed so much throughout this school year, and it is a joy to continue to watch them develop in these ways as the year soon comes to an end!
-Ms. Colette, LS P.E. Teacher